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I could not wait to post my success that I had today. I have read the problems that many have regarding removing the wax off the moldings and trim. Today on my first try to clean using Armor All multi-purpose cleaner and a small course bistle brush (my tooth brush <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> ) I completly removed wax. Some others have had some success with other products and have reported a returning haze. So far so good (no haze). I do not use dressing on moldings and trim. From past experience I believe continuous use of dressing on these parts helps excellorate the hazing/fading.
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (black) molding and trim (audio64)

Nice!<br>Hope you had a spare toothbrush! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>That's why I don't throw out old toothbrushes, they end up in the garage. Gentle enough on my gums, they should be gentle enough on my car! <br>So Armor All did the trick eh? So many of us have tried all kinds of stuff, hear about using peanut butter all the time! <br>Probably a variety of light solvents should take off car wax easily enough with a good tool such as a tooth brush, it's hard to get into the textured areas of side mouldings with just coth. Brush it out!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (Spearzy)

When I got my current car it looked as if it was subjected to a really really bad wax job. I used Back to Black on all the moldings and it got them looking 95% better! Cheap, and effective <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (Kaizai)

I've mentioned before I use whatever brand of tire black conditioner I'm using on my tires for my grey plastic trim! My reasoning is if can moisturize rubber it must have enough slime in it to treat plastic! Looks great and I've eliminated new sun fade sinse I started doing this and it hides old sun fade for as long as is wet looking (couple weeks or a few washes). And I don't need a bottle of this and a bottle of that. Works well. Next time I get waxy residue on them I'll try that with a toothbrush, should do a nice job <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I think I'll try that Back to Black product sometime though, sounds good. I've had only moderate success with Armor All stuff in my experience, or it seems to wear off fast on everything but a motorcycle seat (DO not Armor All your seat!!, very slippery and dangerous). <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (Spearzy)

The Armor All product I used is not a dressing covering up the problem, it's a cleaner removing the problem (wax). Any dressing used that has a host of chemicals when heat/direct sunlight is applied can be baked onto surface of molding and trim. Now try to clean that off <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0"> . And you thought cleaning wax off is tuff or impossible.................
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (audio64)

Haha, very true. I have the Armor All wheel cleaner and it works good, it's not a dressing or conditioner like you said. I have switched from those dressings to a Simoniz for the interior plastics because I've heard that Armor All is silicon based and will dry and crack the interior over time! (that may be in very extreme cases if its true). The multi purpose cleaner and wheel cleaner are pretty reputable. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (black) molding and trim (audio64)

If you don't have any of those chemical available, try peanut butter. Yup, spread it on thin....wait a while, wipe it off. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>(not kidding too!)
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (Stoned)

hehe, just don't lick your fingers after you're done!<p>while we're on the topic of molding and trim, how do you make it look black and shiny without having to reapply something on it every month (or week!)<p>is it possible to have it painted?
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (xtremepsionic)

I usually use 303 Aerospace Protectant after cleaning, it lasts for at least 4-5 months.<br>
 

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You can have them painted too, looks nice because you can match the colour of the car instead of having the off colour trim. I think a lot of flex agent is added to the paint as plastic is prone to bending, at least on the install part. If the primer is thin though the textured areas will show through the paint. Getting smooth would look the best, maybe some sanding before priming would be good.
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (Spearzy)

How much would something like that cost?<p>probably more than what I'm willing to pay <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> What about just keeping it jet black?
 

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A friend had his Accord done for around $150-200 bucks. He was already getting his door fixed as a neighbor was nice enough to drive into the side of it! So he made two body shops compete on an extra under the table cash payment to paint the trim while the car was in the shop.
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (Spearzy)

I went to the local auto parts store and the guy behind the counter gave me this product called 3M Tar & Wax remover. It's an aerosal spray. Wipe on, wripe off. Worked like a charm, no tooth brush required. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (mchen44)

Sounds good !!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> . When applying does product over spray onto body?
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (xtremepsionic)

I just want to post the Pro trick, I know cuzed I learned it from one, hehe. Ok so what this is called is the Dawn bath, and quite litterly its Dawn dishwashing detergent. This soap is what most would refer to as a mild detergent, but is much stronger than anything they sell for car use, other than some pro level cleaners. The reason they dont recomend Dawn as a soap for cars is not that its bad for the car, but it strips it of everything. It will strip off every bit of protecting chemicals, oils, etc from the car. It wont hurt anything, but you have to make sure you put back on some fresh protection when you are done. Make up a solution of Dawn soap and water, and use this, infact for trim I use either a toothbrush or q-tip like thing for doing the same thing. This will remove any wax from the trim, but remember, this solution will remove the wax from the paint, so dont get it on the paint. It works better than anything, shouldnt cuz any hazing as all its doing is removing the wax, and its cheap. I believe that this will be more effective than your Armorall idea, Armorall cleaner doesnt actually remove the wax, it has nothing in it that will break up the wax, so basicly water and the toothbrush will likely be almost as effective at removing the wax as yoru armorall. This Dawn soap idea should be more effective yet, the solution can seap into the texture removing any wax you cant reach. Also its great on things like rubber trim, however I use a rubber rejuvinator afterwords on the rubber to protect it and replenish the lost oils and lubricants. One thing I like about Zymol protection products is that they are all natural, so as a "dressing" I tend to use some of there stuff on the trim to replenish any oils stripped from the soap, and then also add some protection. I have not yet had any problems with these dressings, I dont belive there is any reason for them to cause the same thing that Armorall dressing does. However, if your armorall trick is working fine, than use it, it is safer in that you wont chance wrecking the wax finish near the trim, but if you do ever have any tough areas, Dawn soap is the only way I know to remove the wax. Twice a year I actually wash the whole car first with Dawn soapy water, it strips everything off the car, the car ends up being very clean. Then I dry it somewhat, claybar it, then wash it again with P21S car shampoo, then go through the rest of my detailing grind.
 

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Re: Cleaning Wax/Polish off un-finished (audio64)

When applying the 3M Tar and Wax Remover you can spray a bit onto a clean cloth or just spary onto the molding. It's safe for clean coat paint. Plus, it's great at removing dead bugs too. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmilep.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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